body heat


Definition of body heat

: heat produced in the body of a living animal by metabolic and physical activities

called also animal heat

Examples of body heat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bowery draws body heat away from the surface of the bed, earning it an 8.5 out of 10 in the review team's coolness testing. Jillian Mueller,, 22 Nov. 2021 Just as some textiles and fibers work to create insulation that can trap body heat (looking at you, college flannel sheet set), others are designed to do just the opposite: move air around. Rebecca Brown, Glamour, 15 Oct. 2021 The rattlesnake can sense—perhaps see—the body heat of its mammalian prey. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 2 Oct. 2021 For the strongest effect, look for phase-change technology, gel or metal particles in bedding that can pull your body heat away from you. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2021 Police use technology at the Channel tunnel to scan trucks for body heat and moving shadows. Arno Pedram, ajc, 19 Oct. 2021 An airplane equipped with highly sensitive thermal-imaging technology scanned the ridge line for human body heat on four consecutive nights. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 Some have thermal imaging capabilities to scan for body heat, while larger drones can deliver medical supplies and other goods to people in isolated areas. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Bigger appendages also allow growing larger vasculature that brings more blood, and thus more body heat to dispel. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of body heat

1861, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2021

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“Body heat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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Medical Definition of body heat

: heat produced in the body of a living animal by metabolic and physical activity

called also animal heat


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